Heidi Olinger is a writer, journalist, and nonprofit leader. She’s also an award-winning educator who creates STEAM service learning to inspire and prepare girls to innovate, problem-solve, and lead in the 21st century. What’s STEAM? Science, tech, engineering, art + design, and math.
Her latest book, Leonardo’s Science Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius (Rockport Publishers) is an interactive adventure that embraces the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci to bring science, art, and creativity to life.
Heidi is the founder of Pretty Brainy, a 501( c)(3) nonprofit organization through which girls are gaining the learning and empowerment to form companies and is the co-founder, with members of Pretty Brainy’s girl leadership team, of MISSion Innovation, the first all-woman innovation marathon for climate action.
Her TEDx Talk delves into girls overcoming stereotypes and discovering the value of science and math and she is a frequent speaker on girls excelling in service learning and building a STEM mindset.
Heidi is on the faculty at Colorado State University where she teaches in the Professional Science Master’s Program in the Department of Biology.
She was honored as the 2017 Woman of Inspiration by Colorado Women of Influence and, for teaching excellence, by the Boettcher Foundation, an honor whose winners are chosen by the students who are Boettcher scholars.